Dexter High School Students Lend a Hand

This bus parked at Busch’s in Dexter was there to help collect food and other items for families in need. photo by Lonnie Huhman

By Lonnie Huhman,

Stuffing the bus for a good cause.

Dexter High School students again led another good community cause that’s looking to make a difference every year.

From Dec. 1-9, the Leos Club of Dexter High School held its seventh annual Stuff the Bus event. Every year before the holidays, the club has worked to collect food and donations for families in need this holiday season. All donations go to Faith in Action, which is an emergency service provider in western Washtenaw County.

DHS junior Mackenzie Gordon said Stuff the Bus, “is a really great way to give back to our community during this holiday season.”

“For all donors and volunteers, Stuff the Bus is a very rewarding project to be a part of,” she said. “It is also very unique in the sense that it is organized and run by high school students. I think it’s inspiring for others to see young people doing what they can to make their community a better place.”

The volunteers stand outside the entrance of the Busch’s store in Dexter with flyers including information about the project in hand.

“As they walk by, we hand customers the flyers, and briefly describe to them what we are doing and who we are doing it for,” Gordon said. “While they are in the store, the customers will purchase anything they are willing to donate and give the donations to us as they exit. We then put the donations on the bus, which is parked in the Busch’s parking lot.”

Some of the suggested items included: hot chocolate, baked beans, mac and cheese, boxed potatoes, crackers, cereal, jelly, peanut butter, juice, sugar, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, rice sides and toiletries.

DHS teacher and Leos Club advisor Al Snider said each year they’ve collect around 2,500 pounds of food.  Additionally, they typically received around $1,000 in donations every year as well.  He said each dollar collected is equivalent to one pound of food.  

“I think the project is a great way to give back to our community,” Snider said.

He said the local Lions Club sponsors the Leo’s Club. He said they meet twice a month and discuss community service activities they want to run for the coming month or year.

“This project is important because it will provide food, toiletries, and many other necessities to families that need them but may not have access to them,” Gordon said.

She said this year they were aiming to be able to donate just as much, if not more, to provide for many families in the community during this holiday season.

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